Meaning of “cliché” in the English Dictionary

"cliché" in British English

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clichénoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkliː.ʃeɪ/ us /kliːˈʃeɪ/

C2 a saying or remark that is very often made and is therefore not original and not interesting:

My wedding day - and I know it's a cliché - was just the happiest day of my life.
adjective uk /ˈkliː.ʃeɪd/ us /kliːˈʃeɪd/


He made some clichéd remark.

(Definition of “cliché” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cliché" in American English

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clichénoun [ C ]

us /kliˈʃeɪ, klɪ-/

writing an idea or expression that has been used too often and is often considered a sign of bad writing or old-fashioned thinking:

The story is shamelessly corny, and grownups will groan at its clichés.

(Definition of “cliché” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)